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SINGING PRAISES TO THE LORD

Jonathan E. Glixon

in Honoring God and the City

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195134896
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868049 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134896.003.0004
SINGING PRAISES TO THE LORD

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This chapter examines the issue of paid singers of polyphony. First used in the middle of the 15th century, these men were also brothers of the scuole grandi for which they sang. They were paid relatively small fees for services at funerals and in processions, where laude were sung (these two tasks were sometimes assigned to different groups). These singers were not especially reliable, and discipline problems were common. In the 1490s, some scuole began to employ, on an occasional basis, professional singers from the chapel of San Marco. The question of repertory and the employment of wind and string instrument players and organists are also addressed.

Keywords: scuole grandi; polyphony; laude; processions; lute; harp; lira; piffari; organ

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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